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SU roundup: Anderson earns 300th win with Hornets

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HAMPDEN-SYDNEY -- Shenandoah University completed its third straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball sweep Saturday afternoon, and in the process coach Kevin Anderson earned win No. 300 as the Hornets skipper.

Shenandoah (11-2, 7-0 ODAC) was a 15-12 winner in the opening game before taking game two, 12-5.

Trailing by five runs heading into the third inning of game one as the Tigers (15-5, 1-3), the Hornets took control with a 12-run third.

Anderson's club sent 16 men to the plate in the frame and banged out 11 hits to take total control of the contest.

Corbin Lucas, Billy Arens, Michael Paul and Dan Powers all had two hits in the inning with Paul driving four runs on a pair of two-run doubles.

Eight of the nine Hornets starters reached base safely during this rally with the remaining player, left fielder Andrew Creamer, contributing a sacrifice bunt.

Now staked to the 12-5 lead, SU scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and nine innings to clinch the victory.

Sophomore Cameron Lundmark (1-0), the fifth pitcher of the contest for Shenandoah, earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief work. He struck out four and allow one hit.

Lucas, Arens, Paul and Daniel Freshley all had at least three hits.

Freshley had four of the squad's 20 hits in the win.

SU scored the initial seven runs of the nightcap, but then needed a five-run eighth as H-SC made matters interesting with four runs in the sixth and another in the seventh.

Paul capped that five-run eightth with a two-run HR to give the Hornets the needed breathing room.

Sophomore Darrell Thompson improved to 4-0 after pitching the first seven innings of the contest. Thompson gave up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four.

Matt Riegler gave up two hits in the eighth and ninth to close out the sweep.

Anderson's club had 20 hits in the game two victory, including at least one by all nine starters.

Lucas, Arens, J.J. McDaniel and Creamer all had three hits each with Powers and Freshley two each.

Anderson is now 300-146 as the program's head coach and needs just three wins for win No. 450 in his college career.

Softball

LYNCHBURG -- Shenandoah opened up its 2014 ODAC softball slate Saturday afternoon by dropping a pair of contests at Randolph.

Shenandoah (1-8, 0-2 ODAC) fell 5-0 in the opener before Randolph (12-5, 2-0) was a 10-2 winner in the nightcap.

Game two was five innings due to the NCAA mercy rule.

Senior Morgan Coble had two of the Hornets four hits in game one with Brittany Guepe and Karli Rorabaugh adding one each.

Logan Carter (5-3) earned the win for RC, scattering those four hits and striking out nine.

Megan Tripp (1-4) took the loss for SU. She gave up the five runs (just two earned) on nine hits and one walk.

Tripp struck out one.

Coach Marlena Kotynski's club jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the nightcap, scoring the two runs on two hits in the first, but gave up six runs in the second.

The 'Cats then scored four runs in the fifth to end the game early.

Lisa Mitro (0-2) took the loss after giving up six runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Lindsay Corbin and Helen Good finished up, with Corbin pitching 3.0 innings and striking out one.

Guepe, Coble, Ashlyn Drake, Megan Rion and Rorabaugh had one hit each with Rorabaugh driving in both runs on a single through the left side.

Women's tennis

WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah women's tennis team earned its second win in less than 24 hours with a 7-2 victory over Division II Shippensburg Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets (2-1) opened with a three 8-6 wins in doubles before clinching the victory by winning two of the top three singles matches.

Sophomore Molly Barb, who combined with Shannon Allin to open the day by taking out Julia Saintz and Brittnee Buckey in the top doubles match, was a 6-0, 6-3 victor at No. 1 singles.

Junior Rachel Gross, at No. 4 singles, had the match-clinching victory with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Katie Shearer.

Gross and Amber Lake won at No. 2 doubles with Caitlin Tilton and Amy Rapp winning at No. 3.

Rapp and Lake were double winners, winning their Nos. 3 and 5 singles matches in straight sets.

The women return to action with a road match at Southern Virginia on Wednesday.

Men's lacrosse

WINCHESTER -- Visiting Virginia Wesleyan opened up the 2014 ODAC men's lacrosse schedule with a 21-7 win over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

The Marlins (4-0, 1-0 ODAC) took a 4-1 lead after one and then held Shenandoah (4-4, 0-1) off the board from the 11:34 mark of the second until 14:23 remained in the contest.

In this time, VWC scored 12 straight goals to take a 4-2 lead into a 16-3 advantage.

Junior Aaron Paul, off a Tilghman Sanders assist, finally snapped the scoreless string with a rocket from 12 yards out to open the fourth quarter scoring.

Virginia Wesleyan scored five of the game's next six goals before Shenandoah ended the game on a 3-0 run.

Sanders had two of those goals with Drew Brooks, who scored the Hornets first two goals, netting the other.

Virginia Wesleyan outshot SU 57-30, taking at least 12 shots in every quarter, and had 40-32 and 18 of 30 advantages in groundballs and faceoffs.

Nick Pappas led the victors with six goals and four assists for 10 points.

Ben Judy had 13 saves for the hosts with three VWC goalies splitting 14 saves.

Shenandoah is back in action next Saturday in a 1 p.m. ODAC contest against Randolph.


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